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No Talks on Sending 5,000 Troops to Colombia Amid Venezuela Crisis - Shanahan

© AP Photo / William Fernando MartinezColombian soldiers listen to an unidentified U.S. Special Forces trainer at a military base in Pueblo Tapao, northwestern Colombia, Friday, May 4, 2007
Colombian soldiers listen to an unidentified U.S. Special Forces trainer at a military base in Pueblo Tapao, northwestern Colombia, Friday, May 4, 2007 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick M. Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday that he has not discussed with National Security Adviser John Bolton an apparent plan to deploy 5,000 troops to Colombia amid the current crisis in Venezuela.

“I haven’t discussed that with Secretary Bolton,” Shanahan said when asked about Bolton's notes.

Asked whether he would rule out sending 5,000 troops to Colombia, Shanahan said, “I am not commenting on it.”

Soldiers march during a military parade commemorating the 20th anniversary of the failed coup attempt by President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela - Sputnik International
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During a press briefing on Monday about new sanctions against Venezuela, Bolton was photographed holding a yellow notepad that read: "5,000 troops to Colombia," prompting widespread speculation that senior US security officials are discussing plans to deploy military forces to the Latin American country, which borders Venezuela.

Prior to this, US President Donald Trump said that all options were on the table for Venezuela after his administration recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.

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